Colonel (Retd) John Doody

Industry Expert, British Computer Society

John Doody is Director of Interlocutor Services Limited, a company established in 2003 to promote Information Assurance and Cyber Security issues both nationally and internationally, the company offers a range of services including Marketing, Communications, Public Speaking, Strategy Reviews, Information Assurance and Information Technology, these services are geared to the strategic level within government and industry. Prior to this John served at CESG/GCHQ for 10 years in the appointment of Head of Information Assurance Customer Services. He has a wealth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of Information Assurance and Cyber Security. In this latter appointment he was a major contributor to CESG’s move to a commercial business footing. He also has a major role as a Non Executive Director to a security company as well as providing Strategic Advice to a number of major UK and US IT Security companies. John is a retired officer of the UK Royal Corps of Signals, a Corps in which he served for 33 years to the rank of Colonel.  He is a qualified engineer and has held a number of strategic engineering appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence including system support to PTARMIGAN and WAVELL, the army’s tactical communication and CIS systems, Director in the Procurement Executive as Project Manager for Army Electronic Warfare, Battlefield Target Engagement System (BATES), Air Defence CIS system (ADCIS) and WAVELL. John  has worked in the R&D environment working on Electronic Warfare Simulation.  John has chaired many international committees dealing with Information Assurance, communications and interoperability. John is well known on the national and international Information Assurance and Cyber Conference circuit where he has chaired many events and has given many talks on Cyber Information Assurance. He has delivered over 100 papers on Security.  He is a past President and Vice-President of AFCEA UK WEST Chapter and served as a Member at large for AFCEA London in the early 90s. He is also a member of the BCS Community of Security Expertise.

John is well know in the Cyber and Information Assurance domain having had 59 years’ experience in defence, government and industry and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Cyber and Information Assurance debate.

He is a committed Cyber Security Evangelist

He was recently elevated to the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.


Tarun Samtani, CISSP

Cybersecurity | GDPR | DPO | CISO , Vectura Group plc

Tarun Samtani,CISSP is the Group Cyber Security Advisor for Findel Plc, Express-Gifts (multi-channel retailer) and Findel Education. Tarun holds over 17+ years of experience across various sectors like Telecommunications, ISP's, Financial Services, Gambling & Retail. Tarun has worked across UK, Europe, Asia & Middle East on different assignments. 


He has a wealth of experience in Cyber Security and is passionate about securing business information landscape. During the course of his career Tarun has been involved in the strategy & planning, design, architecture and implementation of a significant number of information security programmes. 


He has a passion for Cyber Security and enjoys sharing his experience. He also has a keen interest in helping out charities and non-profit board organisations fight cybercrime. His specialisations include strategy, planning through delivery of security programmes including Security Culture, Data Security and DLP & IAM programmes, 


He regularly addresses global audience on these and other topics. 



T: @Mi5Tarun


Junaid Farooqui

Security Consultant (MSc. Information Security, CISSP, TOGAF, PRINCE2 CCNA, MCSE), Metro Bank

He is an experienced Cyber Security Architect and Consultant, working for last 20 years in various sectors like Banking, Insurance, Transport, Health, Local Authorities, Utility, Media and Automobile

Coming from an engineering background he made his way up to acquire knowledge and expertise in the field of IT and Cyber Security to provide solutions and advice for complex business requirements.

He has got MSc degree in Information Security and also hold CISSP certification. He has other certification such as TOGAF, PRINCE, and ITIL as he believes from his practical experience that security cannot be implemented without understanding various organizational business and IT function.

Keynote speaker

Stu Hirst

Head Of Security System & Infastructure Operations, Capital One


Daniel Selman

Executive Director (Privacy), Technology Risk, Goldman Sachs

Keynote speaker

Ante Gulam

Chief Information Security Officer, Skyscanner

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